The third round of March Madness is over — let the countdown to the Sweet Sixteen begin. And where do hardcore fans, bracketologists and stats experts go for all the hype? Twitter, of course, where feeds are reacting to the biggest upsets, most controversial calls and craziest moments happening right on the court. The first weekend of March Madness was quite eventful, and by the time Monday rolled around, 120 Sports tweeted exactly what everyone was thinking. Why? Because Monday:
We’ve rounded up the best tweets of March Madness so far. The action starts back up on Thursday — for the key dates remaining in this year’s tournament, visit The Dig.
King of Kansas
We have to highlight Wichita State reigning as King of Kansas. Wichita State took down the Jayhawks Sunday, driving Kansas into submission for a 78-65 win. The Kansas City Star rounded up the best tweets, but here’s our favorite:
And like the Jayhawks, Governor of Kansas Sam Brownback took some heat, too.
Ron Hunter & The Chair
It’s funny when people fall, and even funnier when they fall off their chair. Georgia State coach Ron Hunter tumbled off his chair in a moment of victory, and it was both hilarious and legendary. Hunter threw his hands up and toppled off as his son R.J. made the game-winning jump shot against Baylor in the round of 64. It wasn’t the first time Hunter celebrated to the point of injury. Hunter had to use the chair after tearing his Achilles tendon while celebrating the Panther’s victory in the Sun Belt title game.
“That chair has more protection than the president of the United States right now,” Hunter told reporters in Jacksonville. (2) “I want that chair back. I don’t know where they got it from, but that chair, it will stay with me for the rest of my life. Whenever we leave, I’m taking that chair with me. Win, lose or draw, that chair is going to be in my house with me the rest of my life.”
Ron and @RonHunterChair together, forever.
March Madness kicked off with Dayton’s vs. Boise State, and Dyshawn Pierre was the game’s superstar for more than his skills on the court. In the second half, Pierre went for a rebound and lost his shorts in the attempt. His teammate accidentally pantsed Pierre with this foot before dribbling back down the court. Dayton used the pants-dropping to their advantage as they earned a 56-55 win over Boise State. Teammate Jordan Sibert hit a go ahead thee-pointer with 37 seconds left in the game. But Pierre won the fans (and cheerleaders) over with his moment of pants-less fame (as, ironically, Doug Gottlieb made the call).
UCLA was down two when Bryce Alford desperately went for a three-pointer. The shot clearly missed, and with 10.7 seconds in the game, SMU thought they had a surefire win. But the ref called goaltending on Yanick Moreira, and UCLA took the win with an awarded three points. It was a shockingly terrible call. Deadspin breaks it down: (3)
Goaltending: When the ball contacts the backboard and any part of the ball is above the rim during a field goal attempt, it is considered to be on its downward flight. In such a case, it is goaltending when the ball is touched by a player as long as it has a possibility of entering the basket.
Deadspin emphasizes, the shot had no chance at entering the basket. USA Today Sports, along with Deadspin and, well, everyone, agrees that “this wasn’t goaltending” — based on these key words: “as long as it has a possibility of entering the basket.”